Tj Wheeler has over 40 years of experience as an professional Musician / Educator in Blues & Jazz and overall African American Roots music. His presentations explore the role these musical genres have played in struggles for Civil & Human rights…International award winning programs like Hope, Heroes’ & the Blues delve into how music can serve as a healer and a teacher in dealing with racism. His newest program How WE Arrived ….How grassroots music has influenced history of the last Century provides a pedagogy for K -12 schools, universities, colleges and other public & private foundations and corporations to help break down the chain of seemingly, inherent, generational biases. His message succinctly put by him is The elephant in the room needs to be embraced not feared….as the Elephant is whats relevant!!. Tj has been with the Speakers Bureau for over 25 years, as well as an activist for the N.H. MLK Holiday Bill since 1982. His music and messages have been received by over 500,000 children worldwide. His affiliations include the NH St. Council on the Arts,the Northern Arts Alliance, PPMTV (Portsmouth Community Television) Raising the Blues Foundation Foundation, & VSA, His outreach efforts include prisons, special needs education, retirement Living org’s, Alternative schools, Civil Rights org’s and Churches across the continent & beyond.